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Big Lesson 5 – Hebrews 12:5-6 (caring discipline)

Check out the cover of this book:

https://www.sovereignworld.com/loved-like-never-before/
Your heavenly Father God can be cuddly as it says in Romans 8, Abba Father (means Daddy God) with you on His lap.

There is also His tough love that teaches you to be strong so you can cope with life better. This kind of love is prudent e.g. when you put your hand too close to the fire place you get a smack on your wrist from Dad but you never burn your hand again for the rest of your life.

Hebrews 12:5‭-‬6 ESV

“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.””

When things go wrong, ask yourself the question, is God disciplining me for something I have done wrong?

Maybe He has been trying to tell you for ages and you had been suffering lots but you did not change as you did not know.

If you start asking, finding out through prayer and then repenting of whatever it is, you will start to have a much more successful and joyful life. He is raising you as His child.

God is love and He will love you however He can in whatever situation or place you are in, in order to help you.

N.B; the book mentioned above is amazing. The Father figure is the most vital relationship you can have therefore this book will significantly strengthen your Christian walk i.e. people say “he knows the Father”.

The Father is greater than Jesus and He is the sovereign ruler of the whole universe.

A nice old hymn about your Father in heaven:

Father God I wonder how I managed to exist without the knowledge of your parenthood and your loving care.

But now I am your son, I am adopted in your family, I can never be alone as Father God your here beside me.

I will sing your praises.

I will sing your praises.

I will sing your praises for forever more.

You are His biological child and He can never let you go.

He is outside of time and knows the future perfectly thus He is perfectly powerful.

He is God thus He can pause time, rearrange things and then press play again e.g.

  • World war 1 1914 Christmas truce football match.
  • Joshua 10:13 when the sun stopped (how we measure time).

Selah. You are safe child 💛

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Big Lesson 6 – The power of what we say

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What you say with your mouth can get you out of trouble or into trouble therefore we need to be wise.

I have given examples of how the book of Proverbs teaches us to use our words wisely.

The book of Proverbs is a whole book within the sixty six books of the bible that is devoted to wisdom.

If times of persecution come then you need to know what not to say, what to say and also how to say it e.g. you do not tell an aggressive thug where to go.

Proverbs 18:21

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat of it’s fruit”.

The words that come out of our mouths are so so important and powerful. The Father that said “I love you, please listen to me” kept his son from a night out with bad company that would have cost him his son’s life.

Proverbs 12:19

“Truthful lips endure forever but a lying tongue is but for a moment”.

You tell one lie and it got you what you wanted, you get addicted straight away and in a moment you cannot keep track of the lies and you are exposed.
Just leave out the truth if you have to and it feels good being honest. Be clever in how you manage not to lie.

Proverbs 21:23

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”

“I wonder what cannabis is like” says the lad sitting in the fast food restaurant whilst a dealer overhears. Offered and accepted two hours later, he develops mental health problems later on in life.

Shalom ☺
Be careful please 💛

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Learning the Word takes away fear

The bible is the foundation of your faith as Jesus Christ is the Word and is the bible.

Try to get a good overall understanding of the bible and learn your verses. This way you will get through the storms of life in victory.

Psalms 119:11 ESV “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Get some verses into your heart after you have got them into your mind by memorizing them, then you will maybe find that you sin less and therefore feel good instead of grouchy.

I have found that reading and learning theology gives you a more solid spirit and obviously it will help you to understand the Word better.

Learning verses sounds boring I know, but there are ways that are fun.

If you don’t have a smartphone or computer then try memorizing the right verses and then writing down what you remember without looking. Or a more fun way is to get someone to test you on them. Think of fun ways as it will benefit you massively.

Get the “Remember Me” verse learning app on your smartphone.

  • There are different styles of learning on the app e.g. it covers up words on the verse so that you have to guess them. Other fun ways too.
  • Use a bible version you enjoy so you will keep on with it.
  • Don’t use the preloaded compilations of verses, find verses that are suited specifically to you. Remember the bible context of the verse though please.
  • Get Psalm verses that give you faith and then get Proverb verses so that you can receive wisdom by faith.

Knowing the Word well is vital so please Relax And Try (remember my Relax And Try post) your best to do it.

Why?

  • When life gets tough, knowing your bible verses is actually going to help get you through e.g. knowing the verse 2 Timothy 2:13 “when we are faithless he is faithful as he cannot deny himself” will give you faith when your faith is at a low point.
  • Knowing Psalm 46 when everything in your life is falling apart i.e. knowing that God can just speak and the situation is changed completely.
  • Knowing a good handful of Proverbs is essential for many of lifes situations e.g. Proverbs 16:32 to keep patient under pressure and Proverbs 27:12 to prepare for pressure.
  • Understanding what we believe. Verses for the fundementals of the gospel e.g. John 3:16 and any other verses that show we are saved by grace through faith because Jesus died for us and it is not our own works that get us to heaven. This is vital.

Do not run away into a remote monastry named High Rothgar in order to learn the bible cover to cover. This will not help your fellow man. Obviously monks are necessary in some cases though.

Jesus is the Word and the Word is the bible. In the bible, it says do not be afraid 100’s of times and it also stops you being afraid. The bible is saying; read me, as I will give you faith, the opposite of fear:

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17 ESV

When a verse comes to mind in a difficult situation it can give you a boost just like eating a power pellet of manna e.g. remembering Romans 12:21 when faced with a grumpy minion, can help a lot.

So given the above, it would be splendid to have the right verse for the right time. Blue tack an A4 plain sheet of paper to your wall and use those different coloured sticky bookmark things with the verses written on for the current times e.g. one sticky could be the Romans 12:21 for grumpy zombies you might meet.

Different colours make it fun. Use the ones that are roughly one centimeter by four. Then they dont overlap and thus you can see them all. Write a little bit of the verse so that it fits and also so you have to remember the rest. It is a prompt.

As times change, the verses stick and un-stick with your hand e.g as the zombie population decreases you might stick a more joyful verse on.

Shalom 😀

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Cuddle up with Jesus – He loves you massively

The bible is also known as the Word and the Word is actually Jesus:

Oh child, how I love you.

John 1:1‭-‬5 English Standard Version

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

So if you are reading your bible, maybe getting into a Psalm like Psalm 23, then you are cuddling up to Jesus in your spirit as He loves you.

He loves you so much that He died on a cross for you. He is the bible in your hands and all around you too as He is God.

In time you can really get the hang of this way of thinking and actually get a proper spiritual cuddle. It makes sense as God is love.

Take it slow reading your bible first off though. Don’t beat yourself up reading lots and lots but do try.

Don’t beat yourself up with the King James Version unless you like it with it’s thou’s and thee’s.

Try the English Standard Version or even easier and fun is the Message version.

Guys, we do not actually need to work our way to God with good deeds such as giving to charity. God likes that kind of stuff but He is saying that He loves you anyway.

What God wants is a relationship with you. We get that relationship by faith and the bible is the best place to get that after praising Him as He is lovely. Prayer is maybe third best and He always hears and wants to bless your socks off.

Relationship is not religion so chill out and enjoy His love.

You find after a while that you feel so loved by God that you start overflowing with love and blessing people. Feels amazing.

Word up duck! 🙂

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Recent labradoodle trouble

Last night at 1.20am I witnessed a serious crime. I saw five labradors (very organised, probably from London) break into Meadowfresh butchers and steal five crates of premium grade cumberland sausages.

After picking up their scent I managed to collar one of them and get a photograph. Like I say, they are very sophisticated. The one I caught looks just like a poodle:

If you have been a victim of organised labrador crime then please read my blog for practical advice on how to survive and continue to live a normal happy life in Jesus.

There are labradoodles now which could mean the end is nigh!

## Update; labradoodles have been rioting outside Mc Donalds and threatening a take over by force. I have been advised that you should give them Walls sausages to appease them. This could be our only hope of being able to continue eating big tasty burgers. If we run out of Walls sausages then we have nothing left than to beg the Lord for mercy.

In other news, my sewing machine has not arrived. The sewing machine has not arrived yet so obviously I will tie some thread to the door handle and then to the delivery van 20 miles away and call for a wild ground hog to head butt the middle of the thread, thus making a swift delivery to my door. I will then knit a snuggly jumper for that ground hog and me Sabrina and ground hog will have a cream tea around the kitchen table. Obvious I know.

Should I state the obvious?

Homeless man just urinated in the alley at my home. Secretly I believe that he was a Baal. I was patient and walked past saying nothing. Even if he was not a Baal, I believed he was so he was, thus I am very patient as Baals are very bad. Walrus.

Had a lightbulb moment in bed in the morning. It was that I had new enthusiasm to go and help people. So I set off looking for people who look depressed to help. They know I am a sky pilot and they are fed up with the same advice I always give. This is why they faked the biggest smile as they walked past me. I did not say a thing to them but you see the Romans 8:28 don’t you. They faked a big smile and science says that this has a big positive effect on the rest of their body.

😋🐕🐗🦏

Squirreling away nuts in your kitchen is a prudent step for Winter. No one could call you a nutty fruitcake for this. If they did though, can you understand how “nutty fruitcake” is a triple powered saying to suggest you are a numpty? Only messing 😀😀

This is the funny section of wisdomfortoday.co.uk

Chicken soup vs lobster theory is actually very applicable for this day and age. Humble chicken soup for your soul or worldly spoilt soul lobster. This is the lobster chicken theory and it should be taught at Universities.

Truffle pigs are a reality, basicly. Look them up online lol 🐽

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Luke 6:38 with the right heart and wisely

If we help the poor and the needy then God will help us. It makes Him smile. This is because He wants to encourage us to love each other:

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38 ESV

We should do it wisely e.g. give hot food and decaf drinks to the homeless and not money otherwise they will spend it on drugs to escape their pain.

Do it because you actually care for them. God will see the truth of your heart and will smile. It will come back to you. Its a bit like what other religions call Karma.

See how you can genuinely love your neighbour. This is the greatest commandment as it is the same as loving God.

Your a human and you were made to love so get healthy, happy and help someone in need.

When you see the bible working like seeing a Luke 6:38 happen you become wiser:

  1. Read the bible
  2. Put it into practice
  3. See it working
  4. You see more of reality like observing the wicked
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Your authority in Christ – see miracles

Did you know Christian Brother or Sister that when minions are persecuting you, be it verbal abuse, being drugged against your will or anything else, you can actually use your authority in Christ (providing you have faith) to make them or it stop instantly.

This is why:

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:19‭-‬20 ESV

This is how:

Think, believe and mean “in Jesus name I command you stop, in Jesus name!”. Now tap your foot or do something else appropriate to help confirm the belief (e.g. click fingers). Now think “thankyou Jesus they (or it) has stopped, amen”. Believe the Luke verse and wait for it to happen.

N.B; highest faith is praise but you cannot always do that even if you think of praise songs. Think these words “Jesus you are good” and mean it. A more rooted and constant faith comes from knowing the Word. I have said it before and will say it again:

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Romans 10:17 ESV

N.B; Click or tap foot but be wise and inventive e.g. clicking your finger in a muscly minions face will give you a nobbly nose if you do not have sufficient faith.

Pray to Jesus that He would help you to use your authority. Persevere and you will get it. He did not say Luke 10:19-20 as if it was not a present for you.

You will see some pretty cool things if you learn this.

Selah, it’s the belief that counts when you do it therefore it can be a “calm” command.

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Stronghold busters – real chain breakers

Have you got a sin or bad habit that keeps on dragging you down when you succumb to it e.g.

  • Vanity and looking in the mirror too much to then pay in self-consciosness in public?
  • Or have you got a problem with forgiveness and feel bitter?
  • Have you got emotional hurt inside of you after past abuse?

A great remedy is the use of a stronghold buster. I got the idea from Freedom In Christ ministries by Steve Goss – search online, it’s great.

Let me briefly explain. A stronghold buster can break the lies that the enemy has put in our minds. Lies that hold us back e.g. not being able to forgive. Stronghold Busters re-program your mind with the use of the Word of God e.g. for unforgiveness you might use the points that we are released spiritually when we forgive, and include scripture on forgiveness to say that this is the case.

This is not brainwashing as you are not being fed only rice and you are not paying me £39.99 an hour in a 10 year contract. Anyway, the brainwashers are the kind of minions who put the strongholds there in the first place.

Example:

In Jesus name I affirm that I will forgive my enemies as then I will be spiritually released as it is written that I will not be forgiven unless I forgive, Jesus name!

Thankyou Jesus that I can now walk in your freedom and thankyou for forgiving my sin.

Amen

That is a simple example that you can adjust, but remember to use the Word of God inside of the text as Jesus said:

Hebrews 4:12 “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, dissecting soul and spirit, joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”.

N.B; the sword is spiritual and not a tangible sword.

When you say “In Jesus name!” believing it will happen and then thanking God, you are using your authority in Christ (Luke 10:19-20).

That verse says that this works, and I have said it before and I will say it again;

Jesus agrees with this verse and Jesus Himself is the Word which is the bible. You say then “but that authority thing does not work”. Then pray to grow in faith and God might tell you to learn His Word more. In time I am certain you will be able to use your authority if you grow in true faith in Christ:

Romans 10:17 “Faith comes through hearing and hearing through the Word of God. ”

Disclaimer; Jesus controls the heavenlies so you cannot just do a Stronghold Buster to get a Ferrari or a life time supply of chocolate, or a chocolate Ferrari.

Jesus clearly said He won’t and He decides (Ephesians 1:20-21). He will give you things that you need e.g. healing, peace, the assurance you are loved, desire to love others and things like sorting out the bullet points I made at the start.

Selah 🙂

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Alone and afraid solutions for Corona

Do you feel lonely? You are not the only person who feels like that.

Are you afraid too? You are not the only person.

It might feel like you are the only person suffering at the moment. This does not mean that you are not suffering. Feeling like you are the only one is a symptom of the suffering though so if you realise that there are thousands of people in the same situation as you then it helps to know it is not just you. It helps even more if you pray for them as it takes you out of yourself like a third peron view. Things make sense when you do this well.

You are not actually alone and also, you need not be afraid. Let me explain.

I need to help you believe the truth that Jesus is sitting right next to you.

Jesus is love, Jesus is God and God is Spirit. One of the definitions of God is that He is omnipresent i.e. He is everywhere as He is God. He is omnipotent which means He is very powerful and if someone very powerful is on your team then you need not be afraid.

Well lets say why there is a spiritual realm first so we can do the rest.

If your are fortunate enough be clever from birth then you can look up the “Cosmological argument”. This is where a monk with a big beard has sat at a monastry for a long time with big books, candles and scrolls at his desk to figure something out. If Jesus was taken to court then it would be revealed that He is the son of God. This is how we should decide as this how we decide for other people in this world. If it was a fair case then He would be revealed. The devil has tangled up so much of our thinking though e.g. science as a how for now is positive, but the spiritual why is lost to science’s over use. Philosophers debate that theories we base science on now, were not perfect long ago, thus making an domino effect of wrongness. I believe that a spiritual why like loving people shifts the universe like a living organism and leads to the science how of you being happy, like dopamine in your brain.

Or you could consider things like beauty. Do you think that beauty is skin deep. Do you think that beauty is just things like the shape of a pretty woman’s face and when that model gets home she feels empty for being manipulated by that industry. What about the shiny eyes of a slightly more plump black Momma? Or a medium weight very spiritual African lady. Her beauty is the energy and enthusiasm inside her.

A spiritual thing and don’t forget we are dumbed down in some countries. We will see many more tangible spiritual things in third world countries.

Jesus now. We have been using AD Anno Domini in our calendar for 2020 years and before that was BC Before Christ.

Any historian cannot deny the existence of Jesus but then according to C.S Lewis we are left with only three things He could be; bad, sad or divine.

  1. A tyrant who manipulated people for his own purposes.
  2. A mad man who was possessed.
  3. God. Divine.

The bible’s authenticity far out weighs any secular writing of its time. Check out the statistics from a valid source of its historical validity based on the number of copies of itself.

So the historian then reads in the bible that Jesus Christ died a very painful sacrificial death for people He loved. He is not bad then.

2. He was able to rationalize and use logic e.g. He stunned the thinkers of that time with His answers to their difficult questions.

We are left with number three.

Guys, He loves you very much.

Try praying. Praying will work if your heart is true. Genuinely ask for His help. Can you think how true your heart would be if you were in desperate danger e.g. hiding from a violent person. Trying to find help when there is no other way, believing that Jesus is also there in that situation.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Jesus can comfort you. Ask Him in prayer for understanding and find rest in Him.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 ESV

Maybe you will read this and pray successfully e.g. maybe He will remind you of memories of when it was actually God who kept you alive after overdoses or how He collected your tears in a bottle because of the pain that made you do it.

He loves us unconditionaly no matter how naughty we have been (don’t be naughty, it hurts you) so just pray and mean this:

“Lord Jesus I realise I am a human and I struggle with being naughty. You said in your love letter (the bible), that you would forgive me. Please forgive me and help me to be a better person and love my neighbour. Jesus I believe you are God and that you rose from the dead after the cross where you died for my naughtiness. Please help me to cuddle up to you in your warm powerful arms. Please I need someone to help me”.

Read and learn the advice from this blog in order to stay a Christian and keep the assurance, purpose and significance this brings to your life in Jesus Christ.

Don’t just taste the gift and fall away like is written in the book of Hebrews. Life would become worse than before you trusted in Christ then. I am not trying to manipulate you. Jesus is saying something to keep you in His love. Check out what it says:

Hebrews 6:4-6 NKJV

For it is impossible for those who were
once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become
partakers of the Holy Spirit,
and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them againto repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,
and put Him to an open shame.

to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,
and put Him to an open shame.

So if you make the commitment then make sure you do it with all of your heart.

Maintain your faith by learning your bible. Keeping in contact with true, bible believing and loving warm Christians. Keeping the understanding of the cross of Jesus Christ central in your faith. Find ways to go to a healthy church and ask the Pastor for advice. Say to the Pastor that you have just made the commitment to be a Christian and follow Jesus. Keep praying to Jesus and He will help you.

Knowing Jesus is something very special and is from another world. When you realise that you are loved by Him, the things of this world seem different, distant. You think of eternity in heaven where it is just love. There is nothing else that matters. You realise that there is no greater gift that a human can possess.

This new year celebration, you are not the only one who is alone. Jesus is with you but I mean human company. Its about perception. When you think its just you, you feel like you should feel rotten and you then do feel rotten. Put an object or picture or do a drawing of a world map and put it close to you this new years eve. Look at the world map and realise there are thousands who feel like you and thousands more who feel worse. Perception changes now and you dont feel like you should feel rotten as you know your not the only one.

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About me

I give advice on Worthy Christian Forums website too.

I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder over Winter so please forgive me if I snarl like a zombie. Someone recommended that I should do gentle purring instead. Only being silly but I do get SAD.

I am an abuse victim and run half marathons for survivors.org.uk and other charities:

I have been running for different charities for a few years (Ashgate Hospice for example). The NHS Charities Together is to me the most vital right now.

These are some of the other runs I have done. I am about average speed but I manage to raise a bit:
Chesterfield Half-Marathon October 2020 was
cancelled due to Corona virus. Completed 10K virtual run in Holmewood 18/10/20
for Ashgate Hospice:

Justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathon-bates8 coming up on 4/1/21 Running with wind the to get the Christmas turkey belly off.
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathon-bates6
Will also do Chesterfield RedBrik 10K 2021 as registered runners enter 2021.
Sparkle 10K run for Ashgate Hospice Care on 19/09/20 and raised money.
Completed the Bolsover 10K race on the 15th of December 2019.
Ran for charity: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathon-bates4
North Derbyshire Running Club active member
& England Athletics active member.

Chesterfield half marathon 20/10/2019.
Raised £220 for Ashgate Hospice Care.

Chesterfield half marathon 2018. £210
raised. 1 hour 47 min.

Chesterfield half marathon 2017. £60 raised and time was 2 hour 4 min.
Hardwick 10k 18th July 2019 race completed in 45 minutes www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/hardwick-10k3

My latest run is a 10k to be done in December 2020 for the NHS:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathon-bates7

I believe that if you are going to help somebody suffering, then you should have been through it yourself. Then you understand. Jesus went through everything for us, so He is the best person to help us and He is God.